BY DEVINA MUNI
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, better known as CAASPP, is a standardized test that all juniors are required to take. But what’s the point of it? Many students feel like the test is unnecessary and won’t count for anything so they don’t try as hard as they should. The CAASPP shows you how far you’ve come from your english and math skills in elementary when you took the STAR test. It also shows the government how well students are getting educated at school. If you still don’t care about these reasons, the CAASPP also directly affects your future.
The test measure how well your english is which is important if you want to earn the seal of biliteracy. Many high schoolers take a foreign language in school to earn that seal, but you can not receive it unless you also prove that you are proficient in english along with that other language. This test can also be used to determine what english level you’ll be placed in college.
On a broader scale, this test shows how intelligent the school is as a whole. By scoring higher, your school will have a better reputation. When you apply to college, those reading through applications will see that you came from an academically competitive school. This can boost your chances of getting admitted. For instance, if a student has the same gpa and characteristics as another student who came from a less competitive school, it is likely the first student will get admitted instead because it was harder for them to earn that grade.
The CAASPP is not a test that you should take lightly. It can be that deciding factor between you and another student for admission at your dream school. There is no harm in trying because after all it is mainly used to see how far you have progressed. It can also help make our education system in America better.